Hyperion (Hyperion Series #1)

Hyperion (Hyperion Series #1)

by Dan Simmons
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Hyperion (Hyperion Series #1) by Dan Simmons

A stunning tour de force filled with transcendent awe and wonder, Hyperion is a masterwork of science fiction that resonates with excitement and invention, the first volume in a remarkable epic by the multiple-award-winning author of The Hollow Man.

On the world called Hyperion, beyond the reach of galactic law, waits a creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

On the eve of Armageddon, with the entire galaxy at war, seven pilgrims set forth on a final voyage to Hyperion seeking the answers to the unsolved riddles of their lives. Each carries a desperate hope—and a terrible secret. And one may hold the fate of humanity in his hands.

Praise for Dan Simmons and Hyperion

“Dan Simmons has brilliantly conceptualized a future 700 years distant. In sheer scope and complexity it matches, and perhaps even surpasses, those of Isaac Asimov and James Blish.”The Washington Post Book World 

“An unfailingly inventive narrative . . . generously conceived and stylistically sure-handed.”The New York Times Book Review

“Simmons’s own genius transforms space opera into a new kind of poetry.”The Denver Post

“An essential part of any science fiction collection.”Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553283686
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/1990
Series: Hyperion Series , #1
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 62,877
Product dimensions: 4.15(w) x 6.86(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Dan Simmons, a full-time public school teacher until 1987, is one of the few writers who consistently work across genres, producing novels described as science fiction, horror, fantasy, and mainstream fiction, while winning major awards in all these fields. His first novel, Song of Kali, won the World Fantasy Award; his first science fiction novel, Hyperion, won the Hugo Award. His other novels and short fiction have been honored with numerous awards, including nine Locus Awards, four Bram Stoker Awards, the French Prix Cosmos 2000, the British SF Association Award, and the Theodore Sturgeon Award. In 1995, Wabash College presented Simmons with an honorary doctorate in humane letters for his work in fiction and education. He lives in Colorado along the Front Range of the Rockies.

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Hyperion 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 247 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book, really well written, interesting characters. However, don't be fooled into thinking this book stands on it own, it doesn't. At page 560 you'll realize that nothing will be resolved and apparently you'll need to read the sequel to get some semblance of a complete story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a truly fun book to read. Dan Simmons captures the imagination with the 7 pilgrim's tales and keep it riveted to the page the entire time - you'll love and hate each of the pilgrims. Which will get their wish granted by the Shrike?
Guest More than 1 year ago
When Dan Simmons struck out to create the world that is contained in Hyperion, he must have had a grand vision of the future: man spread across the reaches of known space and a symbiosis of man and machine. What the reader takes away from this grand vision is a sense of awe and wonder. Each of the characters, in their own way, contributes to the fluidity of the story and to the environment around them. Simmons gracefully sets up each of the many looming conflicts, and resolves most of them with an ending that is extremely satisfying but leaves the reader ready for the sequel (which is also very, very good). All in all, it is more than just a book. It is a concept which was crafted together masterfully by Simmons and his wonderful writing, plot, characters, and most of all, universe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I went into reading this book with high expectations, and I came out of it with those expectations shattered. THIS IS AN NCREDIBLE BOOK. The plot is highly original, and all of the character's stories(except Kassad's, I didn't enjoy it that much) were very interesting. Overall this is a great read. I can't wait to read the Fall of Hyperion!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hyperion is more than the interaction of the 7 pilgrims. It builds a universe of incredible depth and complexity, while also focusing on characters who have had tremendously varied and intense life experiences. Hyperion sets it up, and Fall of delivers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! I was scanning the booksheleves for actually a good fantasy...when I found Hyperion. I took a look, and I decided to buy it only because it won a Hugo. Then when I brought it home I was so surprised at the depth and greatness of this book. I loove this story so much because it is soooo creative and it never lags. It is completely flawless!! This will go down in the list of science fiction classics. It is an important voice in sci-fi, and it really screams.
DoD More than 1 year ago
The story seems to me to be a repeat of some parts of several classic science fiction and/or fantasy tales, an exercise in showing how great the author's vocabulary is, and how much he knows about so very many areas of science. I also include the second half of the story, The Fall of Hyperion, in the comment above. Smart guy, what?
Guest More than 1 year ago
i read this book and immediately had to purchase the other three books in the series. the plot has all the depth and backstory every sci fi nerd craves to make the entire world seem real. essentially, if you dislike this book, there's something wrong with you.
Radula More than 1 year ago
Amazing sci-fi classic. My only complaint is the eBook format contains TONS of typos. Almost to the point of distraction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I began to read this book not because it won an award or anything like that but because it was shown in an anime. So I picked it up and soon I was sucked into the world of Hyperion. When I finished the book, I immediately bought the other three books in the series. This is a must read for anybody and everybody.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Most of the what needs to be said about this sensational epic has been said by other reviewers, so I will just add two comments: 1)Was I the only one to notice the parallel, no doubt intentional, to Chaucer's Canterbury Tales? Companions on a pilgrimage tell their stories one by one. 2)Anyone debating whether or not to read this series should read the preface. If you can read the preface to Hyperion and not be instantly hooked, you are not a discerning fan of science fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The breadth of Dan Simmons imagination is a wonder to behold. The man can write, too. Totally different style, but the series is right up there with Dune for me in importance. Mesmerizing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
By far....... simply amazing. This book is not a complete story, if you read this you will have to read the sequel. But as a story, probably the best book ive ever read. Character and plot development are, like I said, simply amazing. Also I haven't had to abuse my dictionary so badly and am very thankful for that, new words are always fun. Without spoiling anything, my favorite concept (out of the million dan throws at you) is the idea of man evolving in zero gravity. I always rated the song of ice and fire series the best in my personal book, but this single book alone has put this series to the top. A+ -mikillo
Beanzear More than 1 year ago
I love to read Stephen King so I googled authors who are similar and Dan Simmons came up. I was going to read his horror novel but I thought hey I've always wanted to step into real sci-fi so why not try it out. I really don't like stepping out of my box but I was intrigued. The story does not disappoint. Although he doesn't have Kings magic touch, th story is captivating. Like king, Simmons is able to build a connection with the characters almost immediately. Give it a try. The stories are very captivating and you won't be disappointed!
WritersMind More than 1 year ago
Just an FYI this was spilt into two books when it was originally published so you have to read this one and Fall of Hyperion to get the full story. This was a very good book. I enjoyed the characters and the story. It does get tedious at times but I found if I pushed through those things were really good.
Nathan Williams More than 1 year ago
I read this series on loan from a roommate in college and immediately went out to buy them for myself. Six years later it's still one of the few series i end up recommending as often as ringworld, foundation and lensman. Well worth the read.
Jaime Abegglen More than 1 year ago
Some sci-fi surprises me, which is one of the reasons I love it so well, but this series blows me away.
onalake1 More than 1 year ago
What a world Dan has created for our minds to wander in to. I like the idea of the story telling on the way to a pilgrimage but only because I knew the story would be continued in the next book. If I didn't know that I would be a bit upset with the cliffhanger type of ending. Having said that I immediately started readin the second book and thought it is even better. I look forward to reading book #2 so see how that ends before deciding to read #3 and #4.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hyperion is an enticingly original sci-fi story with parallels to Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and to the life of John Keats. Allusions to the passion-indeed to the life force-of John Keats are seeded throughout the story in the most intricate manner. However, setting aside Simmons' background in English literature, Hyperion is a book that every science fiction lover should read. Enthrall your imagination while 7 pilgrims on a mission to visit the deadly Shrike relate their stories one-by-one. Simmons displays amazing creative talents as he endears each character (even the most annoying of them) to the fascinated readers. The turn of events is completely unexpected. Simmons keeps you guessing until the very end. Unfortunately, he doesn't end the story here, though. In order to find out what happens to the new found friends, the reader must buy the next book in the series: The Fall of Hyperion (which DOES finish the story). Despite the disappointment and frustration I felt at the end when I had to get my boyfriend to fly a copy of the sequel to me from half-way across the country, I understand the reason for Simmons' unsatisfying conclusion-the ending of the story IS another story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's been a few years since I read the first two books in Dan Simmon's series, but I can't help taking a few minutes to sing the praises of Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion. They are absolutely terrific, and this is coming from someone who isn't a huge Sci-Fi fan. There is so much scope to Simmons' scientific/futuristic imagination, so much talent in his storytelling abilities, and so much life in his characters, that I'm sure virtually everyone who is a fan of fiction will enjoy these two books. Do yourself a favor and pick them up- you won't regret it. After you've gotten through these fist two books, you'll have to read the last two to see what happens. Unfortunately (in my mind anyway), Simmons isn't quite able to sustain the literary level in Endymion and The Rise of Endymion. They're good, but not great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been going around writing reviews of my top five SciFi novels of all time. If it lends some credibility, the other four are 'Dune' 'Ender's Game' 'Harvest of Stars' and 'The Moon is a Harsh Mistress'. This, in my opinion (and this includes all four books in the series) is the best science fiction novel ever written, even better than Dune. If you read the first one, you HAVE to read the second, and then there are two more after that that complete the epic. This is a huge epic of the human empire, scattered among a hundred worlds, but bound together by the WorldWeb, a series of wormholes that lets you step from world to world as easily as walking down the street. The wormholes are controlled by the TechnoCore, the artificial computer intelligences that removed themselves from human control, and just possibly, have enslaved them. The first book is about some voyagers, chosen to confront the Shrike, a (being? machine?) that apparently ignores the laws of time, and has only one purpose: to kill human beings. The novel is a series of stories about how the voyagers got bound up in politics and mystery, and ended up in such a bad spot. The stories don't overlap, but they expose so much insight about the intricate human society created by such closely linked worlds, both the good, the bad, and the terrifying. The second book, 'Fall of Hyperion' brings it all together, and completes the tale of how these voyagers, and the few who know the secrets about the TechnoCore, fight for the very survival of humanity. It's hard to write about such a vast work in such a short space, but I really believe that this is the best book I have ever read (and I've read a LOT!)
Anonymous 3 months ago
Great story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont read a lot but this series got me back into reading. What a delightful story filled with so many adventures. I cant wait to re-read :)
NJMule More than 1 year ago
Brilliant. A rich and multilayered story that displays fully Dan Simmons' considerable skill. A very Hugo worthy effort and one of the best reads I've had in awhile.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
as above